WEBSTER (CBS) — A Webster man is stunning his hometown with his generosity. Retired Commerce Insurance CEO Gerald Fels and his wife have donated $6 million to the town of Webster for a new police station.
The current station is in disrepair, but the town doesn’t have the money to build a new one.
Sgt. Rodney Budrow says, “It blew my mind away. This was built for five to ten guys, we have 30 officers, this is going to be a big morale boost.”
WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.
The Board of Selectmen learned the news Tuesday night.
Town Administrator John McAuliffe calls it: “An incredibly magnanimous gesture and we’re deeply indebted to the Fels family. It’s interesting to see someone who never lost their sense of roots, their sense of community. He brings the concept of giving back to a whole new level.”
The owner and workers at Mike’s Barber Stop in downtown Webster were all stunned by the donation. Patrick Lawrence exclaimed, “Wow, that’s outstanding. It’s a lot of money, for a good cause as well. He makes a lot of things around here possible for us, which we appreciate big time.”